Jane Cowl

Jane Cowl (December 14 1883 - June 22 1950) was born Grace Bailey in Boston, Massachusetts. She was a successful early American film and stage actress and playwright.

She made her acting debut in New York City in "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" in 1903, her first leading role was "Fanny Perry" in 1909 in Leo Ditrichstein's "Is Matrimony a Failure?", produced by David Belasco, and then she played stock. This was followed by "The Gamblers", her first great success, and by "Within the Law", "Common Clay", and other successes (New International Encyclopedia). She was known for her interpretation of Shakespearean roles, playing Juliet, Cleopatra and Viola on Broadway. She made Broadway history by playing "Juliet" over 1000 consecutive performances in 1923.

In 1934 she created the role of Lael Wyngate in S. N. Behrman's "Rain from Heaven" opposite actor John Halliday. Noting the challenges posed by Behrman's heightened dialogue, critic Gilbert Gabriel noted approvingly that their scenes together were "models of aristocratic parlando." [Gilbert W. Gabriel, "Rain from Heaven"—Theatre Guild's Yule Present in S. N. Behrman's Play". "New York American": 26 December 1934.]

She was the lead in two silent films, "Garden of Lies" (1915) and "The Spreading Dawn" (1917). Then, after taking nearly 30 years off from films, Cowl returned for several supporting roles in the 1940s. Her final film was "Payment on Demand" (1951) with Bette Davis.

Jane Cowl died of cancer in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 1950, aged 66 and was buried at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. She had no children.fact|date=August 2008


Jane Cowl wrote the following plays:

* "Lilac Time" - 1917 (under the pseudonym "Alan Langdon Martin")
* "Daybreak" - 1917 (co-written with Jane Murfin)
* "Information Please" - 1918
* "Smilin' Through" - 1919 (co-written with Jane Murfin under the pseudonym "Alan Langdon Martin")
* "The Jealous Moon" - 1928


External links

* [http://search.eb.com/womerticles/Cowl_Jane.html Jane Cowl at Women in American History website]

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